[imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”bottomshadow” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”left” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””]Mark Pletcher[/imageframe]As an epidemiologist and a general internal medicine physician, Dr. Mark Pletcher’s research is designed to inform clinical decision-making and policy relevant to primary care and prevention. His focus is on prevention of cardiovascular disease, with particular emphasis in early life causes of atherosclerosis, primordial and primary coronary heart disease and stroke prevention, clinical decision-making regarding use of preventive medications (statins and anti-hypertensives) and screening for subclinical cardiovascular disease. Dr. Pletcher has special expertise in study design, decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, risk prediction, and evaluating the clinical utility of biomarkers, and he currently leads an effort supported by NIH’s Economics of Prevention Common Fund Initiative, a data-coordinating center for a major ongoing multicenter clinical trial, and the Health eHeart Study, an online technology-enabled cardiovascular cohort study. He is also part of UCSF’s nationally-recognized clinical research training programs, teaching clinical research methods (Course Director for two classes), mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty members, and seeing patients in the general medicine clinic at UCSF/Mt Zion.